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FRHS Foundation announces 2020 golf tournament canceled but fundraising continues

5/29/20
Freeman Regional Health Services Foundation has announced the cancelation of their 2020 golf tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nick Brandner, FRHS CEO stated, “While we looked forward to hosting this annual event, the safety of our golfers, volunteers and community remains our highest priority, so we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 golf tournament”. An additional reason for the cancelation is a logistics issue. The FRHS employees who volunteer to run the event each year are currently managing the COVID-19 situation while continuing to provide quality care to their residents and patients. 
  
Every area of FRHS operations has been altered as a result of COVID-19. The virus poses unique difficulties with protecting healthcare workers and diagnosing, educating and treating patients. The leaders had to determine how to limit the number of people encountered by patients and residents and implement measures to decrease exposure risks. Health care teams also needed to prioritize community education and outreach. FRHS expects that their revenue and expenses will be severely impacted. Like other health care providers, FRHS patient visit income has significantly reduced due to necessary cancelations of elective procedures, limitations to therapy appointments and restrictions to routine and maintenance visits.
  
The golf tournament is one of the largest fundraising events of the year for FRHS Foundation. At last year’s tournament, nearly $15,500 was raised to support the work of their care team. This year’s tournament is canceled, but the fundraising continues. Vicki Geiser, Executive Director of FRHS Foundation and Marketing noted, “Now, more than ever, we need these funds to continue to meet health care needs. A gift right now can benefit the donor while they help our community, since a donation may be eligible for a 2020 charitable tax deduction even if they don’t itemize”. The CARES Act allows those who take the standard deduction to take a $300 “above-the-line” deduction and raises the annual limits for those who itemize, including businesses, when filing 2020 federal income taxes. 
  
For more information on opportunities to support FRHS, please contact Vicki at 605-925-2142 or Vicki.Geiser@freemanregional.com or visit http://bit.ly/FRHS_Give.